We’ve been bombarded with the Goop-ification of everything: the desire to find that magical cure-all supplement—or pixie-dust—to integrate into our diet. It turns out that this unicorn food actually exists for pups: it’s called "golden paste" (the name says it all!). Golden paste has been billed as the antidote to so many ailments for dogs: it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and anti-cancer—and unlike other so-called magical cures, golden paste doesn’t cost a mortgage (more like a latte). We reached out to Napa Valley Holistic Vet Kimberly Schmidt, who gushed about all of its benefits, answered our questions, and told us how you can whip it up at home:
So what is golden paste?
Why is it so healthy for pups?
Turmeric on its own has anti-inflammatory powers— and it’s a great pain reliever. “It has even been shown to have a positive effect on cancer cells,” she says. If your pet has inflammatory diseases such as cancer or arthritis, turmeric can be especially beneficial. Only a small amount of the active component, called curcumin, gets absorbed into your pup’s bloodstream, though. “By combining curcumin with piperine—a compound in black pepper—the bioavailability increases dramatically," Schmidt explains. Translation: When combined with black pepper, the turmeric in the paste is better absorbed into your dog’s blood. The coconut oil in the recipe makes the liver metabolize the curcumin slower, so it's better absorbed by your dog. Plus it has its own health benefits.
Are there any side effects?
If your dog has gallbladder stones or bile duct obstruction, you shouldn’t give him golden paste, as curcumin makes the gallbladder contract, Schmidt says. Diabetic dogs may also want to be cautious, as golden paste can lower blood sugar. “These effects are all very mild, but if your pet has any of these conditions, then turmeric would not be the best choice for them,” Schmidt says.
How do I make it?
Doug English, the vet who created the golden paste recipe, shares his recipe:
½ cup turmeric powder
1 cup water
⅓ cup raw, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil
2-3 tsp cracked black pepper
Boil the turmeric and water before lowering the heat and simmering until it turns into a paste (this should take 7 to 10 minutes). Add the pepper and oil after it’s been removed from heat and cooled down, about 10 minutes later.
How much should I give my dog?
English recommends ¼ teaspoon twice a day with your dog’s food (pups generally like the taste!) If your dog doesn’t experience any negative side effects (loose stools or upset stomach), you can increase this to up ¾ teaspoon four times daily after a few weeks.